West Virginia Principal: I accidentally plagiarized Ashton Kutcher speech

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his schools graduating class says he didnt mean to use someone elses work.

The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss issued a statement Wednesday saying he should have cited his sources in the May 23 speech, but asserted the thoughts and ideas were his own.

A graduate posted a video to Facebook that spliced DeMoss speech with Kutchers 2013 Nickelodeon KidsChoice Awards speech and has since amassed over 100,000 views. The speeches used similar wording and at times featured identical phrasing.

DeMoss says hes upset the speech has stolen the focus from graduating students. Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook says it is a personnel matter thats under investigation.

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